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Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio program. “News for working people, by working people.” Our program covers issues in the labor movement locally, nationally, and internationally. The program also addresses issues of concern to working people such as housing, education, health care, immigrants rights, the environment and U.S. foreign policy, from a working class viewpoint. Labor Express Radio airs Sunday nights at 8:00 PM  (CST) and Monday mornings at 11:00 AM (CST) on Lumpenradio, WLPN, 105.5 FM in Chicago. The program is streamed live at lumpenradio.com. More information about the program can be found at facebook.laborexpress.org

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Interview with documentary film maker Jill Friedberg (Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad, Granito de Arena & This is What Democracy Looks Like) about the history of the Teacherâs movement in Oaxaca, and the ongoing popular rebellion against the governor of the Southern Mexican state. Also, special presentation from Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash of Building Bridges on the Crandall Canyon mine disaster.
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Nancy Lenk â Deputy Director AFSCME Local 1644, explains the attempt by Atlanta to turn Grady, a public hospital, into a privatized entity.
Topics: privatization, public, labor, union, AFSCME, Atlanta, USSF
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Amjad Al-Jawhary has paid a high price for his efforts to organize workers in Iraq. In 1995, Amjad had to flee Iraq and the regime of Saddam Hussein, because of his union organizing work. He took up residence in Toronto Canada, but Amjad stays in close contact with his comrades in Iraq. He travels there frequently, and acts as one of the few voices in the west for the for the Iraqi labor movement. I aired an interview with Amjad on the Labor Express radio program in June 2005, as the...
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This is the full 3-30-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode we focus on the ongoing strike at American Axel. Program features an interview with John Sassman, member of UAW Local 2093, which represents workers at the American Axle plant in Three Rivers Michigan, and an interview with Erv Heidbrink, President of Local 2093. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only labor news and current affairs program. News for working people, by working people. Labor Express Radio airs...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, American Axle, UAW, Local 2093, Michigan
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Gregg Shotwell is an auto worker, a member of UAW Local 1753, and one of the founders of Soldiers of Solidarity, an activist group in the UAW which opposes the union leaderships lack of militancy and concessionary bargaining. We started our interview with Greg providing a little background on SOSâ¦
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This is the full 11-4-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Coverage of this years Teamsterâs for a Democratic Union (TDU) convention, including interviews with TDU National Steering Committee memberâs Frank Halsted and Nichelle Fulmore, Labor Notes editor Chris Kutalik, and newly elected International Longshoremanâs Association (ILA) Local 1588 Sectetary Treasurer, Tony Perlstein.
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UE organizer Leah Fried discusses the decision of the workers at Republic Windows and Doors, members of UE Local 1110, to occupy their factory. The workers are demanding that the owners of the plant, which was official closed Friday morning pay them a severance mandated by law.
Topics: Republic Windows And Doors, occupy, occupation, factory, Chicago, labor, workers, rights, union,...
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Imelda Martinez, employee of the Congress Hotel in Chicago talks about attending the picket line 5 days a week for the past 5 years, at the 5th strike anniversary rally outside the hotel.
Topics: union, labor, strike, chicago, UNITE-HERE, Congress Hotel, worker, Labor Express
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This is the full 1-6-2008 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago
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This is the full 2-18-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. This episode continued our coverage of the role of organized labor in this years elections for the Chicago city council. Features interviews with Dennis Gannon, President of the Chicago Federation of Labor and Cuahutémoc Morfin, AFSCME Council 31 member and candidate for alderman in the 25th ward. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only labor news and current affairs program. News for working people, by working people. Labor...
Topics: labor, chicago, justice, worker, union, rights, elections, CFL, Chicago Federation of Labor
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This is the full 9-9-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Interview with Tim Bell of The Chicago Worker’s Collaborative, about the proposed policies changes by the Dept. Homeland Security in-regards to the Social Security “no match letters”, which could result in massive firings of undocumented and documented immigrant workers. Socorro Leos of the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (MIRA!), talks about the struggles of migrant workers on the Gulf Coast, post-Katrina.
Topics: labor, labor express, union, worker, justice, rights, Mississippi, MIRA!, immigrant, Socorro Leos,...
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Negotiations between the UE, the management of Republic Windows & Doors and Bank of America ended without a resolution on Day 4 of the workers occupation. Mark Meinster, International Representative for UE talks about the state of the struggle to win the Republic their just due.
Topics: Republic Windows And Doors, occupy, occupation, factory, Chicago, labor, workers, rights, union,...
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This is the full 6-24-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode, a talk with Chicago Teacherâs Union (CTU) delegate Jackson Potter about the recent CTU elections and the upcoming contract negotiations. Michael Moore speaking at a National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC) rally for national health care. Also, some audio from SEIUâs âDreams Across America Tourâ, for immigrant rights.
Topics: labor, labor express, union, worker, justice, rights, immigrant, migrant, latino, Chicago, Michael...
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Melvin Maclin, Vice-President of UE Local 1110 and Lalo Munoz, a 34 year employee of Republic Windows and Doors in Chicago discuss what lead them to occupy their factory as they seek justice from a company that is closing it's doors without giving the notice mandated by law.
Topics: Republic Windows And Doors, occupy, occupation, factory, Chicago, labor, workers, rights, union,...
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This is the full 6-10-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Interview with Michael Eisenscher, National Coordinator of U.S.Labor Against the War (USLAW), about the recent strike by Iraqi Oil Workers, their struggle against the Iraqi Hydrocarbons Law - an attempt to privatize Iraqâs oil, and the Iraqi workers tour, currently taking place in the United States.
Topics: labor, labor express, union, worker, justice, Iraq, oil, hydrocarbons law, USLAW, against war, iraq...
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James Thindwa, Executive Director of Chicago Jobs With Justice, discuss the Human Rights crisis in his Homeland of Zimbabwe on CAN TV, August 21st, 2007.
Topics: Zimbabwe, human rights, Mugabe, MDC, Africa, James Thindwa
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Interview with Tom Shepherd of the Pullman Civic Organization about the historical importance of the Pullman neighborhood in Chicago and plans to celebrate Labor Day 2008 in Pullman. The celebration is sponsored by Pullman Civic Organization, Illinois Labor History Society, Bronzeville/Chicago Black History Society, Illinois AFL/CIO, Calumet Heritage Partnership, Historic Pullman Foundation, Chicago Metro History Project, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, The State of Illinois...
Topics: labor, pullman, worker, union, chicago, history, debs, randolph
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This is the full 10-21-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Tonight's program is a rare live in-studio episode, featuring an interview with Joe Allen, author of The Package King: A Rank and File History of United Parcel Service .  I discuss with Joe the recent betrayal of the Teamsters members who work for UPS by the Hoffa leadership.  The Teamsters have been in negotiations with UPS over a new 5 year contract for the past several months. UPS is demanding major concessions,...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Teamsters, UPS, logistics, Joe Allen
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This is the full 12-9-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Part 2 of our focus on the Chicago Committee Against No Match Letters and the ICE Raid Rapid Response Network. In this episode, Tim Bell of the Chicago Workers Collaborative talks about the no-match crisis and efforts to make Chicago a no-match letter, ICE raid free zone. Also, Emmanuel Castro talks about his struggle against no-match firings at Utility Concrete Products in Morris IL., and the initial reluctance of his union,...
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This is the full 3-26-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express yet another charter school network is being organized by ChiActs, the union representing teachers at Chicago’s charter schools.  We have reported in our last few programs on the contract victories at the ASPIRA and UCSN networks.  Now teachers at the Noble network, one of the largest networks of charter schools in the city, have gone public with their effort to organize at Noble....
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Noble, charter schools
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This is the full 11-9-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Labor Express remembers the life and Times of Studs Terkel with historian Al Stein. Studs Terkel, author, actor, historian, activist, radio personality and a Chicago institution, passed away on October 31st. Al Stein is an oral historian, labor archivist and the creator of the video documentary⦠ROCKING THE BOAT: STUDS TERKEL'S 20TH CENTURY. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current...
Topics: Studs Terkel, Al Stein, labor, chicago, workers
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This is the full 2-24-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. The newest phase in the Chicago Board of Education's (CBE) Renaissance 2010 plan (an effort to privatize 10% of Chicago's Public Schools) involves the closing of 19 more schools. Interview with education reform activist George Schmidt about this CBE decision and the voices of students and parents of schools that will be closed. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs program. News...
Topics: labor, union, worker, rights, justice, teachers, students, chicago teachers union, ctu, Labor...
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This is the full 12-16-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Interview with Peter Cole, author of Wobblies on the Waterfront: Interracial Unionism in Progressive-Era Philadelphia. Also includes coverage of the Chicago Trade with Justice Working Group action at Obama campaign HQ in regards to his support for the Peru trade agreement and excerpts from a speech by former congresswoman Cynthia McKinney who is running for the Green Party Presidential Candidate nomination. Labor Express...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago, IWW, waterfront, dock, peter cole, wobblies,...
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Carl Rosen, President of the Western Region of the United Electrical Workers Union (UE) talks at Chicago City Hall press conference on the ongoing occupation of Republic Windows and Doors by it's workers. He announces that the union is seeking a means to keep the factory in operation under new management.
Topics: Republic Windows And Doors, occupy, occupation, factory, Chicago, labor, workers, rights, union,...
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Leading scholar on workers in contemporary China, Anita Chan, discusses recent developments in the Chinese labor movement at 2008 Labor Notes conference.
Topics: China, Labor, rights, unions
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Aaron Hughes, President of the Chicago Chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War, talks about his opposition to the war in Iraq while taking part in an anti-war march on the war's 5th anniversary (March 19th, 2008).
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago, Iraq, war, veterans, Labor Express, Aaron Hughes,...
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This is the full June 15th, 2008 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Part I of my interview with Mark Brenner of Labor Notes on the 2008 SEIU convention in Puerto Rico. The convention gave a growing reform caucus within the union an opportunity to challenge the direction the union has taken in recent years under the leadership of Andy Stern. Reformers argue that business unionism has increasingly replaced the social movement orientation of the union. They point to a decrease in union...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago, SEIU, Puerto Rico, FMPR, SAPAC, guest worker,...
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This is the full 10-12-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode we discuss the economic and financial crisis and the $700 billon dollar bailout package passed by the congress with Dr. Jack Rasmus, professor of Economics at St. Mary’s College in California. Dr. Rasmus has been forecasting a serious financial crisis for sometime in the pages of Z Magazine, In These Times, Against the Current and several other publications. Rasmus argues that the bailout package past by the...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago, Jack Rasmus, Financial Crisis, bailout, Wall...
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This is the full 10-14-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode Gregg Shotwell - GM worker, member of Local 1753 of the UAW, and a leader in the Soldiers of Solidarity (SOS)- and Jerry Tucker - former director of Region 5 of the United Auto Workers union (UAW) and co-founder of the Center for Labor Renewal, critique the new contracts between the UAW, and the big three U.S. auto companies. Both see the new contracts as a disaster for the industrial working class in the...
Topics: labor, union, worker, UAW, United Auto Workers, GM, Ford, Chrysler, auto, labor express, justice,...
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This is the full 4-7-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) strike enters its second month with negotiations over a new contract at an impasse.  The musicians union is doing what it can, however, to make the best of a bad situation by providing free concerts to Chicagoans across the city. It is a way for the union to thank Chicago residents for their continued solidarity while also reaching working-class...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, schools, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, CSO, musicians, UIC...
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This is the full 9-6-2015 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. You could call this the back to school episode of Labor Express.  Most public school students start the new school year on Tuesday, but the crisis in Chicago’s public schools continues.  For now, there will be no teachers strike for the next couple months, but the union is considering a strike later in the school year if the Board of Ed continues to push layoffs and concession the union argues are unacceptable.  We will...
Topics: Labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Teachers, Public Schools, Dyett, CAN-TV
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This is the full 3-3-2014 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s episode of Labor Express we take a look at the ongoing labor battle at UIC, the University of Illinois, Chicago campus.  Two years ago the faculty organized into the University of Illinois at Chicago United Faculty (UICUF), American Federation of Teachers (AFT-IFT) Local 6456.  The union was given official recognition in 2012.  But the union has been negotiating with the university for almost two years for a...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, UIC, University of Illinois, faculty, UICUF, SEIU, public...
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This is the full 4-28-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Mayday is just a few days away and this looking to be a particularly exciting May Day in Chicago.  Not because there are any mega-marches planned on the scale of those we saw back in 2006 and 2007. No, march and rally planning this year seems to be pretty small scale, even compared to recent years.  But this May Day we celebrate a 6 member socialist caucus in the Chicago City Council which begins its term in office later...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, schools, UIC GEO, University of Illinois Chicago, Graduate...
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This is the full 10-26-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode we discuss the deepening economic crisis and the $700 billon dollar bailout package passed by the congress earlier this month with Dean Baker, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). CEPR is one of the country’s leading progressive economic think tanks and Dean Baker has been one of the harshest critics of the bank bailout. The episode also includes the comments of David Moberg, a...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago, CEPR, Center for Economic and Policy Research, Dean...
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This is the full 3-6-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express Radio, we turn to an issue I have been anxious to address on Labor Express for some time.  The on-going crisis in Flint michigan in which thousands of residents have been poisoned with lead from contaminated water is one of the most striking and historic examples of environmental injustice.  It is a condemnation of the emergency manager system in Michigan, the current manifestation of...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Flint, Michigan, Belt Magazine, PERRO, LVEJO,...
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This is the full 11-20-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express we take a look at the presidential election and ask what happened, why and what can we expect in regards to the impact on working people in the next 4 years.  While much of the mainstream press is rightly lamenting the level of racism, sexism and xenophobia in this country that was revealed by Trump’s victory, few media outlets have focused on a class perspective and analysis of...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Donald Trump, election, Hillary Clinton, Jack Rasmus
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Cambria hotel workers still on strike after nearly 11 weeks: On Labor Express Radio we have been reporting on both the Chicago hotel strike and the nationwide Marriott Hotels strikes since they were launched last September.  The good news so far is that all but one of the Chicago hotel strikes has ended with new contracts that meet the union’s key demands. Likewise, the Marriott Hotel strikes in Boston, San Jose and Oakland have ended with contact gains as well.  However, strikes are still...
Topics: Chicago, workers, labor, justice, union, strike, UNITE-HERE, hotel, Cambria, Marnie Goodfriend
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This is the full 4-19-09 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On Wednesday in Gary IN., employees of Edgewater Systems for Balanced Living, a community mental health clinic, who are members of Teamsters Local 743, held a rally in front of the center. The workers are currently in contract negotiations and are frustrated with management’s unwillingness to budge on wages, safety concerns and staffing levels. On Friday, employees of Commercial Forged Products on Chicago Southwest Side,...
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Interview with Socorro Leos of MIRA!(Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance) about the struggles of workers in Pascagoula, MS. post-Katrina, and the conditions faced by guest workers in the shipyards of the Gulf Coast.
Topics: immigrant, workers, labor, justice, katrina, Pascagoula, Mississippi, mira, labor express, gulf...
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This is the full 6-24-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Here on Labor Express we understand that immigrant rights are workers rights and vice versa.  It's impossible to defend workers rights, organize, and advance a working class agenda while a major component of the working class, immigrants, fear for their most basic security, for their very lives and that of their families.  Just as the advance of organized labor in our country in the 19th century absolutely required the...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, immigrants, separation of families, Trump, migrants,...
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This is the full 2-18-13 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. A few weeks ago, both the US Senate and President Obama put forward proposals for so called, comprehensive immigration reform.  Here in Illinois, a new law was enacted allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain a drivers license.  Latinos were disappointed with Obama’s first term, given his broken promise to enact immigration reform.  However, the outcome of the November elections, in which the Latino vote played a major...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, immigrants
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This is the full 10-11-2015 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode we turn to an issue that we have neglected for far too long.  On Oct. 5th, it was announced that the 12 negotiating nations had reached agreement on the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement or TPP.  In the same week, WikiLeaks released a portion of the secretive trade pact to the public and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reversed herself and declared her opposition to the TPP.  All of...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, TPP, Trans Pacific Partnership, free trade, Jack Rasmus,...
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This is the full July 6th, 2008 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Part 2 of my interview with James Thindwa, Executive director Of Chicago Jobs with Justice about the crisis in Zimbabwe. James, who emigrated to the United States from Zimbabwe in the 1970's, has remained active in the Zimbabwe solidarity movement in the United States since the mid 70's. James discusses in this interview how the regime of Robert Mugabe degenerated from a liberation movement into a corrupt dictatorship...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago, Zimbabwe, MDC, James Thindwa, Robert Mugabe
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This is the full 12-14-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Republic Windows & Doors workers WIN! Only 6 days after under taking the first factory occupation in the United States since the late 1930’s, the workers at Republic Windows & Doors in Chicago defeat both Republic management and Bank of America, winning the severance package they were due under federal law. The action of the workers at Republic was international news within days of the worker’s decision to occupy...
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Jorge Mujica at rally at the Bank of America branch in the Chicago neighborhood of La Villta. Supporters of the workers occupying Republic Windows & Doors held the protest, threatening that members of the Latino community will pull their money out of Bank of America if the company refuses to ensure the Republic workers are paid what they are due under law.
Topics: Republic Windows And Doors, occupy, occupation, factory, Chicago, labor, workers, rights, union,...
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This is the full 10-28-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Interviews with Chrysler workers at the Belvidere, IL. assembly plant as the voted on a new contract. Live in studio appearance of Richard Berg, President elect of Teamsters Local 743. After years of fighting the corrupt old guard, the reformers swept the recent 743 elections.
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This is the full 5-18-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. This episode focuses on the presentation at the 2008 Labor Notes Conference, by the New Orleans Worker’s Center for Racial Justice, featuring a number of the Indian migrant workers, employees of Signal International in Mississippi, who endured a form a form debt peonage to this major U.S. marine construction company. The situation of the Signal workers is one of the most powerful indictments of the H2B guest worker program...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, guest worker, immigrant, india, indian, Signal, Gulf Coast, New...
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This is the full 2-8-09 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Includes an Interview with economist Dr. Jack Rasmus about President Obama’s economic stimulus package. Rasmus is a Professor of economics at St. Mary’s College in California. He is also an advisory to the San Francisco Labor Council Economic Crisis Committee and has written a 20 point economic recovery program proposal, 18 points of which have been adopted by the San Francisco Labor Council and which is now being...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago, Jack Rasmus, stimulus, economy, recession, Obama,...
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This is the full 2-10-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. When UAW Local 3520 members at Freightliner, a truck manufacturer in Cleveland North Carolina, resisted company demands that they accept a concessionary contract, UAW International officials attacked their own members rather than support their efforts to combat concessions. The Freightliner 5 are Local 3520 leaders who have had to fight both the company and UAW officialdom in their effort to represent the membership of their...
Topics: freightliner 5, cleveland 5, labor, unions, uaw, united auto workers, workers, concessions, north...
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This is the full 7-22-2013 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. First will hear about Shakita Moore an employee of Jason’s Deli in downtown Chicago who was fired after attempting to file complaints with her management for sexual and racial harassment. Later in the program - Thousands of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) employees are being laid off this summer in the wake of the biggest round of school closings in U.S. history.  We will hear from Chicago Teachers Union President Karen...
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This is the full 4-26-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. This episode features an interview with Mark Brenner of Labor Notes summing up some of the highlights of the 2010 Labor Notes conference. Also includes interviews with Karmen Lee Ortloff of AFSCME Council 31 and the Illinois Labor History Society and Claudia Lucero of CONFEMEX (Confederacion de Federaciones Mexicanas) about plans for May Day 2010 in Chicago. This program is only a half hour long as the second half hour was...
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This is the full 2-22-09 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. This episode is part of a series looking at the top 6 demands the labor movement is making of the new Obama administration. Passage of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) is clearly the number one priority for organized labor. Some of the country’s highest ranking labor leaders attended a Feb. 17th rally for passage of EFCA in Chicago. This episode includes interviews with John Sweeney, President of the AFL-CIO, Chair of...
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On 3-12-11 the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World)organized a meeting at the Madison Labor Temple in Madison Wisconsin to discuss the possibility of a general strike in Wisconsin in response to Governor Scott Walker's stripping public sector workers of most of their bargaining rights. Some of the speakers have been edited out as they asked that their comments not be aired in public. The audience dialog session that followed the speeches was also not recorded.
Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Madison, Wisconsin, general strike
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This is the full 6-24-2013 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s episode of Labor Express Radio we will hear about a new network of labor activist, local unions and local labor councils that has formed in the past year to try to reverse the historic decline in organized labor’s power.  Called the Labor Fightback Network, the new network unites many if not most of the nation’s leading labor militants and union progressives.  The Labor Fightback Network has been issuing a...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Labor Fightback Network, AFL-CIO, Alan Benjamin
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This is the full 2-25-13 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Since the Honduran coup in 2009, the first successful attempt of the right wing to overturn a decade and a half of democratic transformation in Latin America by force, we have been updating you on developments in that country, especially the deteriorating human rights situation.  On today’s program I will air an interview with Honduran LGBT activist Jose Palacios.  The LGBT community has been one of the communities, along...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, schools, public, Pilsen, Little Village, Chicago Public...
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This is the full 4-1-13 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. In Pilsen, a working class, Mexican immigrant on Chicago’s Southside, Metro Bank has been foreclosing on several apartment buildings and has been attempting to evict the building’s tenants.  But little did Metro Bank know that at least two of their tenants were seasoned activists and members of the IWW (The Industrial Workers of the World).  And like good Wobblies, these tenants didn’t simple mourn the banks attempts to...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, immigrants, NALACC, Oscar Chacon, IWW, evictions
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Chicago Alderman Joe Moore announces that 15 members of the Chicago City Council are seeking to pass a resolution calling for the City to divest from Bank of America if the bank refuses to extend credit to the owners of Republic Windows & Doors. Republic management claims that it can not pay their workers the severance they are due under law, because the bank has refused them further credit. The workers are currently occupying the factory in protest.
Topics: Joe Moore, Republic Windows, factory, occupation, labor, chicago, worker, rights
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Voices from Republic Occupation Victory
Topics: Republic Windows And Doors, occupy, occupation, factory, Chicago, labor, workers, rights, union,...
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This is the full 12-13-2015 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. The last few weeks have been full of important developments for the working people in Chicago.  On December 1st, Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired police chief Garry McCarthy, as the scale of the police cover-up of the murder of Black teen Laquan McDonald became public knowledge.  Now the movement for justice for McDonald, and for racial justice in general, is developing into a movement to demand Mayor Rahm Emanuel and state's...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, racism, police, brutality, Rahm Emanuel, Mayor, Anita...
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This is the full 5-4-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode of Labor Express we bring you audio from Chicago's third annual Mayday march for immigrant rights, which at around 20,000 strong, was an impressive showing. Also includes an interview with Jack Heyman, one of the organizers of the ILWU (International Longshore and Warehouse Union) West Coast Mayday strike against the war in Iraq. The ILWU closed down all the West Coast ports on Mayday - the first anti-war strike...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago, immigrant, mayday, ilwu, Jack Heyman, jorge mujica
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Final Press Conference Republic Factory Occupation
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This is the full 12-21-09 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. C.J. Hawking is a United Methodist pastor and the executive director of Arise Chicago a faith based worker justice organization. Steven Ashby is an associate clinical professor in the Chicago Labor Education Program in the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois. Both were activists with the Chicago Staley Workers Solidarity Committee back in the early 1990’s. The Staley workers struggle in...
Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
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This is the full 12-20-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. This Monday’s episode of Labor Express Radio examines direct action as a tactic for unions and other social movements, with a panel composed of four guests who have already won victories using this approach… Toussaint Losier of the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign – The campaign has successfully kept people in their homes by blocking home evictions with mass numbers of supporters. Mark Meinster of UE – The UE’s...
Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
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Los Angeles 5th grade teacher Charles Stam talks about the successful 6 day strike by LA teachers, members of UTLA (United Teachers of Los Angeles).  The interview took place on the 6th and final day of the strike at a massive rally in Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. Charles discusses a number of things including the widespread public support for the strike and the importance of the strike to the nationwide effort to defend public education against funding cuts, disinvestment and...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Los Angeles, LA, teachers, California, schools, public...
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This is the full 11-1-2015 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. There have been several recent cases of police brutality in Chicago that have lead to protests. From the case of Ronald "Ronnie Man" Johnson, who was shot to death by a Chicago Police officer Oct. 12, 2014. The police department has so far refused to release to the public dash cam video of the shooting. To the case of 17 year old LaQuan McDonald, who was shot 16 times, mostly in the back, by a Chicago police...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers
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This is the full 8-17-2014 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight's program we will hear about the possible development of an independent labor politics in Chicago.  A surprising poll by the Chicago Tribune last week revealed that Rahm Emanuel may turn out to be a one term mayor and that his replacement may arise out of the labor movement. Than in the second half of the program we'll hear about the annual Labor Day celebration held in the Pullman neighborhood of Chicago from...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Rahm Emanuel, Karen Lewis, Jorge Mujica, Tim Meegan,...
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This is the full 2-21-11 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. The past week has been one of those weeks in which I wished Labor Express aired 2 or 3 times every week. There is no way we can do justice on today’s program to all the important developments of the past week. Of course tomorrow is election day in Chicago and, as promised I will bring you my interview with Mike Klonsky on Rahm Emmanuel’s policy positions on public education. We’ll hear that in the second half of the...
Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
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This is the full 8-31-09 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s program will hear from a group of striking workers on Chicago Southside. In May workers at SK Hand Tools, members of Teamsters Local 743, found out that for a month, their company had cut off their health care benefits, without informing them. Now many of the workers find themselves saddled with massive health care bills for services they thought were covered. The company’s refusal to bargain with workers over...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago
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This is the full 5-12-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On the last episode of Labor Express Radio, I predicted that May Day 2019 might turn out to be the most exciting May Day in Chicago since the mega-marches of 2006.  And that prediction turned out to be accurate. As forecast, 5 charter schools went out on strike that day across the city. They were joined by the clerical workers at the Chicago City Colleges, members of the Federation of College Clerical and Technical...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, schools, CTU, charter schools, Chicago Teachers Union
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Baldemar Velasquez, president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC), delivers a powerful speech at the 2008 Labor Notes conference.
Topics: FLOC, farm workers, labor, union, immigrants